Upper Eden Visitor Centre



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Welcome to Upper Eden and to our Visitor Centre’s website!                                                                                                Our Visitor Centre is situated in the Upper Eden ‘capital’, the historic market town of Kirkby Stephen, in the midst of an area of stunning natural beauty.


You can find the Upper Eden Visitor Centre at:                                                                 Market Street            (just off the Market Square; look out for the stone sheep)                   Kirkby Stephen                                                                                                                     CA17 4QN

T: 017683 71199                                                                                                                                    E: visit@uecp.org.uk                                                                                                                    W: http://visituppereden.org.uk

We offer a wealth of information about the local area as well as a range of crafts and gifts. We also provide interesting openings for volunteers and retail opportunities for local residents and artisans. To find out how you can become involved contact the Manager on 017683 71199; or visit@uecp.org.uk

Winter opening hours        (1st November 2015 – Easter 2016)                                  Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 11 am – 3 pm                                              Tuesday and Thursday – CLOSED

About Kirkby Stephen and the Visitor Centre

Kirkby Stephen nestles in a valley surrounded by the high peaks of the Westmorland Pennines. There are many individual independent shops with history and tradition around every corner and plenty of back alleys to explore.

Inside the Visitor CentreThe Visitor Centre is run by the Upper Eden Community Interest Company and staffed by a manager supported by local volunteers. Visitors are important to us – why not pop in and meet the local people who will be proud and delighted to tell you about the hidden gems to be found in the Upper Eden which is sandwiched between the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District National Parks and includes part of the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Once you have found us, you might be tempted to join the many who return and even move here.

Kirkby Stephen is Cumbria’s first ‘Walkers are Welcome’ town and has won the title of Calor® ‘English Village of the Year’. It lies on the route of one of Britain’s most popular long distance trails – the Coast to Coast path – and there are many other walking and cycling trails nearby.

About the Upper Eden                                                                                                           The upper Eden is situated on the higher reaches of the aptly named River Eden valley, Cumbria. The source of the Eden is at Red Gill high on Black Fell moss above the picturesque Mallerstang valley before tumbling down the impressive Hell Gill force. This high point is shared by the Lady Anne (Clifford) Highway and Ais Gill summit, the highest point of the Settle-Carlisle railway. The river meanders on until it reaches Stenkrith Park, Kirkby Stephen and the spectacular gorge falls where the stone has been scoured out into cup shapes known locally as Coup Karnan. Here you will find the spectacular viewport from the Millennium Bridge. The river loses its power and gently flows on towards Appleby passing many pretty villages.